Ten Things You Should Know About McCain

From MoveOn.org:

For all the coverage this week of Senator John McCain’s background,
there are some important things you won’t learn about him from the TV
networks. His carefully crafted positive image relies on people not
knowing this stuff—and you might be surprised by some of it.

Please check out the list below, and then forward it to your
friends, family, and coworkers. We can’t rely on the media to tell
folks about the real John McCain—but if we all pass this along, we can
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10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don’t):

  1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday
    in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has
    “evolved,” yet he’s continued to oppose key civil rights laws.1
  2. According
    to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq, Russia and
    China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain “will make
    Cheney look like Gandhi.”2
  3. His reputation is
    built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to
    ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that
  4. McCain opposes a woman’s right to choose. He said, “I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned.”4
  5. The
    Children’s Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress
    for children. He voted against the children’s health care bill last
    year, then defended Bush’s veto of the bill.5
  6. He’s
    one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The
    Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet
    McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing
    foreclosure to get a “second job” and skip their vacations.6
  7. Many
    of McCain’s fellow Republican senators say he’s too reckless to be
    commander in chief. One Republican senator said: “The thought of his
    being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He’s erratic. He’s
    hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”7
  8. McCain
    talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager
    and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group
    Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his
    campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.8
  9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent
    years. The pastor McCain calls his “spiritual guide,” Rod Parsley,
    believes America’s founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls
    a “false religion.” McCain sought the political support of right-wing
    preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God’s
    punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church “the
    Antichrist” and a “false cult.”9
  10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year.10

John McCain is not who the Washington press corps make him out to
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1. “The Complicated History of John McCain and MLK Day,” ABC News, April 3, 2008

“McCain Facts,” ColorOfChange.org, April 4, 2008

2. “McCain More Hawkish Than Bush on Russia, China, Iraq,” Bloomberg News, March 12, 2008

“Buchanan: John McCain ‘Will Make Cheney Look Like Gandhi,'” ThinkProgress, February 6, 2008

3. “McCain Sides With Bush On Torture Again, Supports Veto Of Anti-Waterboarding Bill,” ThinkProgress, February 20, 2008

4. “McCain says Roe v. Wade should be overturned,” MSNBC, February 18, 2007

5. “2007 Children’s Defense Fund Action Council® Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard,” February 2008

“McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance expansion,” CNN, October 3, 2007

6. “Beer Executive Could Be Next First Lady,” Associated Press, April 3, 2008

“McCain Says Bank Bailout Should End `Systemic Risk,'” Bloomberg News, March 25, 2008

7. “Will McCain’s Temper Be a Liability?,” Associated Press, February 16, 2008

“Famed McCain temper is tamed,” Boston Globe, January 27, 2008

8. “Black Claims McCain’s Campaign Is Above Lobbyist Influence: ‘I
Don’t Know What The Criticism Is,'” ThinkProgress, April 2, 2008

“McCain’s Lobbyist Friends Rally ‘Round Their Man,” ABC News, January 29, 2008

9. “McCain’s Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam,” Mother Jones Magazine, March 12, 2008

“Will McCain Specifically ‘Repudiate’ Hagee’s Anti-Gay Comments?,” ThinkProgress, March 12, 2008

“McCain ‘Very Honored’ By Support Of Pastor Preaching ‘End-Time Confrontation With Iran,'” ThinkProgress, February 28, 2008

10. “John McCain Gets a Zero Rating for His Environmental Record,” Sierra Club, February 28, 2008

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The Best Korean United States of American Narrative Feature Filmmakers Of All Time!

STILL UNDER REVIEW BY THE HIGH COUNCIL OF THE A.U.S.o.A.N.F.F: Chris JunThe Main Character” I can’t figure out if this guy was born here or not. He has no biographical data on his site. If you have information, please let me know.

UPDATED (08.04.17) We have yet another inductee to the K.U.S.o.A.N.F.F. list. I pleased to present John Kwon aka Kwon Wootaak who directed “Always Be Boyz.” The film won the Special Jury Award at The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival last month and is playing at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. I am not 100% sure if he is actually 1.5 or 2nd generation Korean American, but according to his bio he “hails from Burbank” which means he grew up there. I will take it at face value. Welcome Kwon Kam-dokk!

Yes, it is time once again for an update on the pioneers of Korean
American Cinema. This list is a work in progress. Please help me update it if you have
additions. The rules are that the filmmaker must be of Korean descent,
be 1.5 or 2nd+ generation American and have made a feature narrative

Below are reasons for and against why if we ever had to
elect one of them to represent us at the United Nations, they should be
considered THE representative of the KUSoANFF’s.

(FYI this list is in alphabetical order)

1.   Narhee Ahn “Purity

She kicked ass getting her own DIY digital film Purity put together in
Delaware (which in and of itself, spending an extended period of time
in Delaware is a feat).

AGAINST: She’s from Delaware.

2.   James Bai “Puzzlehead

Film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. Really impressive debut — a
film ten years in the making. And it was worth the wait.

No Asian characters. Also, despite inspiring me to put this list
together, he hates the whole idea of it.

3.  Isaac Chung “Munyurangabo(thanks dorfie)

Film premiered at Cannes. (I don’t think anyone else on the list has achieved that!)

AGAINST: The film is in the Kinyarwanda language (which though sounds like it may be Asian, is actually African)

4. Juwan ChungBaby

FOR: His film is a hyper-violent gangster movie.

AGAINST: Despite being a hyper-violent gangster film, the film is not about Koreans.

5. Joy Dietrich “Tie A Yellow Ribbon

Film revolves around a cross-section of young Asian American women
including the main character an adoptee which is a unique experience
not often seen in AA film.

AGAINST: She is an adoptee.

6. Cecilia and Sara HyounScore!

Sister team is cool. Two for the price of one. they also have an
extensive resume working in Hollywood as assistant editors, so they
have definitely paid their dues.

AGAINST: I never heard of the film. (Okay, this is an outdated statement. I actually know Sara now but I still haven’t seen the film).

7. Joseph KahnTorque

Easily most commercially successful. He’s made some of the best music
videos in the business. And he has a really cool website.

AGAINST: Movie bombed. (Obviously, not enough shirtless Wil Yun Lee in the movie)

8. Michael KangThe Motel

Film premiered at Sundance. Lots of accolades from the AA film fest
circuit as well as Humanitas Foundation, NYFA, Nat’l Endowment for the
Arts, Indie Spirit Awards, etc.

AGAINST: He’s running the survey and will probably cheat himself into the post by name-dropping too many awards.

9. So Yong Kim “In Between Days

Also a Sundance darling. Very cool woman who sublet my apartment and
got her deposit returned in full because no damage was done to the

AGAINST: She is on the very border of the requirements
for this list. She came here during high school, so she is 1.5 but just

10.   Sung H. Kim “Book of Rules

FOR: Played most
of the major Asian American Film Festivals. Looks like a DIY project.
Also, he does have easily the most Korean name in the group. *EDIT*
Best Narrative Feature (Jury Award) San Diego Asian Film Festival 2003.
(courtesy of stealinghome)

AGAINST: This isn’t really fair
because I have no info on this guy at all. I never heard of the film.
And there’s no info about him online. Hmmm.

11.   John Kwon aka Kwon Wootaak “Always Be Boyz

FOR: According to his bio, he licensed Thai Yoga instructor, he’s won Poetry Slams, went to Yale School of Drama and is bi-lingual.

AGAINST: I don’t have an against… Ivy League, Spiritual, Bi-Lingual, Poet?  OH MY GOD! I think we found THE ONE. John Kwon is THE Korean United States of American Narrative Feature Filmmaker. Hopefully, he’s not a jerk.

12.   Benson Lee “Miss Monday

First feature by a Korean American to premiere at Sundance. The film
also got a Best Actress Award that year at the festival.

No Asian characters in the movie. Also, the film was shot in England,
so it may not technically be an American film. Also, he is now a
hotshot documentarian with his new film Planet B-Boy, so we can’t be
sure of where his alliances lie.

12.   Chris Chan Lee “Yellow

The daddy of Korean American film — him and Benson Lee’s “Miss Monday”
came out the same year, but this film directly deals with being Korean
American in L.A.

AGAINST: Mixed reactions to the film. Also
unsure of where his last name begins (Chan? Lee?) hence making
confusion for me in alphabetizing this list.

13.  Dennis LeeFireflies In The Garden

FOR: He is a supernova first-time filmmaker with his movie premiering at the Berlinale International Film Festival and having a cast that includes Julia Roberts, Ryon Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson and Carrie-Anne Moss.

AGAINST: Like many on this list, his film does not feature any Asians.

14. Grace Lee “American Zombie

FOR: She kicked ass with her documentary “The Grace Lee Project” and premiered her new film at Slamdance.

First off she is a documentarian (see Benson Lee). In addition, she
might easily get lost with all the other Grace Lee’s out there.

15. Jieho LeeThe Air I Breathe

FOR: Huge all-star cast in his debut feature film which includes Forrest Whitaker, Andy Garcia and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

AGAINST: Cast Asians in tiny roles in the film including John Cho adn Kelly Hu.

16. John H. LeeThe Cut Runs Deep” 

 FOR: Probably the first hybrid Korean/American production (though I can’t confirm the production company right now). Film went on to win Best Film at the 1999 Pusan International Film Festival. He also discovered David McGuinness who would later go on to be a popular model and actor in Korea (Typhoon, Never Forever).

AGAINST: Since this film, John Lee aka Lee Jae-Han (이재한) has gone on to work exclusively in Korea.

17. Abraham Lim “Roads and Bridges

FOR: Worked with Robert Altman editing “Cookie’s Fortune.” Also a good friend of my producer Karin Chien.

Never saw the movie. And his name sounds Chinese so made me have to do
extra work figuring out whether he actually was Korean. (I thought only
the Chinese named their kids after US Presidents).

18. Greg PakRobot Stories

FOR: The mack daddy of self-distribution. Proved that DIY is an option. Also won over 30 festival awards with this film.

Some would argue that this is not a feature film, but rather a
collection of shorts. He’s also happa so he would need to find another
happa to help pick up the slack (see Mora Stephens)

19.   Sunmin Park “Too Pure

FOR: Is now officially the first female narrative feature filmmaker on the list (sorry, sisster’s Hyoun)

AGAINST: Can’t think of any…

20. Gene Rhee “Trouble With Romance

FOR: Made a great short about Asian men’s penis length featuring Roger Fan.

AGAINST: Haven’t seen his feature, so I don’t know if size actually does matter.

21. Phillip RheeBest of the Best 3: No Turning Back

(PROS/CONS courtesy of Chris Tashima)

He worked his way up through the ranks, from martial arts competitor to
actor to producer to writer to director, with an awareness of the
uphill battle he faced as an Asian American actor (in a genre where
only White dudes were allowed to be the heroes).

AGAINST: Despite the titles, not sure either film approaches even best of the… anything.

22.  Mora Stephens “Conventioneers

Together with Greg Pak, she could possibly be a good choice because
together they make one KUSoANFF. In terms of her film, she premiered
her film at the Tribeca Film Festival. Is also putting together her
next feature with Billy Bob Thornton and Yoonjin Kim.

AGAINST: Though the film is great. It had no Asian characters.

23. Samson Yi “Cats and Mice

FOR: He was an actor who was in “Gilmore Girls.”

He shares the directing credit with a non-Korean. I also never heard of
this film… And he was an actor on “Gilmore Girls.”

These are other folks you should know about:


  1. Helen Lee “The Art of Woo
  2. Daniel Yoon “Post Concussion


  • Clifford Son “Helium” who shot this unfinished symphony a while ago but never released it.
  • Wonsuk Chin “Too Tired To Die” who came to the U.S. in his 20’s.
  • Another Korean ex-pat / Young Man Kang “Cupid’s Mistake”
  • Jimmy Lee “Close Call” (courtesy of eileenhchoi) who cast his daughter Annie Lee in the lead role as a drug addled wild child that has lots of sex… uh, Electra complex?
  • Gina Kim “Invisible Light” and “Never Forever” She also came here during her college years.
  • Daisil Kim-Gibson “Sa-I-Gu” does documentaries (good ones at that).
  • Christine Choy “Who Killed Vincent Chin” also does documentaries.
  • And I’ll mention my friend Johanna Lee who has been in
    pre-pre-production for her film “Jersey Seoul” but has not done any
    principal photography yet.
  • And on that note, I’ll have to include Grace Rowe who has been trying to get “American Seoul
    off the ground for a while. (Maybe they should think about not
    using the word Seoul like Soul in the title. It might be a curse.)
  • And I can’t leave out one of my best friends, Anna Kang who has been developing her project “The Lost Tribe of Long Island.”
  • And I’ll include Steven Hahn who co-directed the documentary “Party” and with whom I got to party in Rotterdam. Nothing like a coffee shop in Rotterdam and then zoning out to Dancehall to earn your way onto an honorable mention list in my book.


  • Gina Kwon – Producer of The Motel and Me and You and Everyone We Know
  • David Koh – Head of distribution at Palm Pictures.
  • In-Ah Lee – Grace Lee’s producer.
  • Keli Lee – Executive Vice President, Casting at ABC Television.
  • Peter Kang – development executive at Fox Studios.
  • Charlotte Koh – (formerly Fox Searchlight development) now at Future Films
  • Roy Lee – the gatekeeper to all Hollywood remakes of Asian films.
  • Christina Kim – writer on LOST
  • Young Il Kim – winner of CAPE Award and who will probably be in the first list soon enough
  • Sung Kang – actor and producer. A rare combo.


EDIT: I stand corrected. This indeed was not real. http://thepetextraordinarium.blogspot.com/2008/03/starving-dog-exhibit-reported-as-hoax.html

Got this in the email box today. This is fucking insane. Killing is not art. Sign the petition to block The Bienal Centroamericana Honduras 2008 from supporting this artist:

This is a very serious matter…
In 2007, the ‘artist’ Guillermo Vargas Habacuc, took a dog from the street, tied him to a rope in an art gallery, and starved him to death.
For several days, the ‘artist’ and the visitors of the exhibition have watched emotionless the shameful ‘masterpiece’ based on the dog’s agony, until eventually he died.   

Does it look like art to you?
But this is not all… the prestigious Visual Arts Biennial of the Central American  decided that the ‘installation’ was actually art, so that Guillermo Vargas Habacuc has been invited to repeat his cruel action for the biennial of 2008.
It’s free of charge, there is no need to register, and it will only take 1 minute to save the life of an innocent creature. 
Thank you for your time.